Government to review Google after piracy complaints

The government is reviewing Google’s pledge to downgrade filesharing domains in search results after entertainment groups complained that the internet giant was refusing to tackle the issue.

Google has made repeated assurances that it would demote sites infringing copyright but, despite the Government warning it would introduce legislation to compel such action, lobbyists in the film, music and publishing industries have accused Google for of failing to make decisive changes.

A spokesman for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport said the government would “consider our options” following the review, raising the prospect of fresh legislation.

Google refuted the claims. A spokesman said: “We continue to work closely with the industry to protect rights holders and their material. Sites with high numbers of removal notices are now more likely to appear lower in our results, we’ve made it easier to report pirated material and now take down more than seven million infringing links per month.”

(Source: MediaGuardian)




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